Do I need to Install a Vent Hose?

  1. Venting Benefits: While some people may associate vents with odor control, venting serves several important purposes beyond just managing smells. Ventilation helps maintain a healthy composting process by regulating moisture levels and ensuring adequate airflow.

  2. Moisture Control: Composting toilets rely on microbial activity to break down waste. Proper ventilation helps prevent excess moisture buildup in the solids bin, which can interfere with the composting process. By venting, you can maintain the right balance of moisture for efficient decomposition.

  3. Adequate Airflow: Effective ventilation ensures a constant supply of oxygen to the waste materials. Oxygen is essential for the aerobic decomposition of organic matter in the composting toilet. Without proper airflow, the process can become anaerobic, leading to unpleasant odors and incomplete decomposition.

  4. Environmental Considerations: Venting helps release any excess moisture and gases produced during the composting process into the environment. This is important for preventing condensation in your toilet and avoiding the buildup of potentially harmful gases like methane.

  5. Venting Options: Each unit comes with a 5-foot vent hose. This is ideal for more humid conditions and small spaces where airflow may be limited. Many users opt for installing the vent hose in slide-out cabinets, which has become increasingly popular in vans and buses, especially in school bus conversions (schoolies). You can adjust the length of the vent hose by cutting it to fit your setup or order additional sizes if needed. For step-by-step instructions on installing your vent hose, you can refer to instructional videos.

  6. Consider Ventless: In some cases, you might not need to vent at all. If your build already has proper ventilation and you're not experiencing excessive moisture buildup in the solids bin, you may be okay without a vent hose.

  7. Charcoal Filters: For boaters and those in particularly humid locations where a faint urine odor might occur, you can try adding charcoal filters to your vent housing. These filters can help reduce odors and can be used with or without a hose.

  8. Customize to Your Needs: Ultimately, the decision to vent or not depends on what works best for you, your specific build, and your lifestyle. It's often a good idea to start without venting and then assess your conditions. If you encounter issues, you can always add venting later as needed.

Can I Move the Vent?

Yes, we have designed your unit to be able to change the vent placement to the other if need. This should help when working in small spaces where every detail is crucial to the success of your build. maybe your space can only accommodate if the hose is on the other side. Your unit will come standard with the filter intake on the left and the fan housing on the right.

Simply pop out the vent and the fan housing and pop them back into to place. This video will help, you may need a flat head screw driver to help pry the housing loose. In other articles we will cover the fan and other components of your unit.